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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using Internet Archive TV News service.


Michael Hayden
Former Director of the NSA and Director of the CIA
CNNW 08/29/2013
Blitzer: (information from Edward Snowden, detailing the $52.6 billion, what’s called, black budget, of the U.S. Intelligence community.) This was always kept secret, how this money was spent. It's now been out there. What, if any damage, do you believe was caused by this report? Hayden: We'll have to see. I read the story that was posted, all right? And that talks in general figures, what the CIA budget was, what the NSA budget was, and so on. That causes some harm, but not a great deal of harm. But I’ve been told, you go to the website and start clicking on things and get down to specific operational activities. That could be very, very disruptive.
Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senator (D-CA), Chairman of Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
CNNW 11/04/2013
Blitzer: Eric Schmidt, the Google executive chairman, telling the "Wall Street Journal" this. The NSA allegedly collected the phone records of 320 million people in order to identify roughly 300 people who might be a risk. It's just bad public policy and perhaps illegal. You agree with him? Feinstein: No. and I'll tell you this much. You take down that phone records program and you will increase the risk of an attack in this country. I very much believe that. these phone record programs were part of at least 12 potential arrests in the country in the past and I think because we have been saved from a major attack, I think there's a belief around well, terrorism is down.
Peter King
U.S. Senator, R-New York, Homeland Security Committee
CNNW 12/19/2013
Blitzer: spokesman for General Clapper issued a statement among other things just a little while ago, responding to) other republican lawmakers who have sent a letter calling on him to resign. This is part of the statement. Let me put it on the screen. “DNI, Director of National Intelligence Clapper, had been testifying before members of Congress for more than two decades and he enjoys a well-earned reputation as a doggedly honest and honorable public servant. He apologized for the confusion caused by his response and is focused on working with the intelligence committees to increase transparency.” A lot of republicans want him -- apparently there's a letter out there as you well know, including members of the House republicans who want Clapper to resign. You totally are opposed to all of that. King: Absolutely. That comes from the isolationist wing of the party. That goes back to the days of Charles Lindbergh. These are people who are apologizing for America. That is not the republican tradition that is not the tradition of Ronald Reagan.(It’s the tradition of the radical left wing democrats of the 1960’s.)
David Sanger
New York Times, Chief Washington Correspondent
CNNW 01/19/2015
Sanger: The administration is always concerned when you're reporting on national security issues. This story was no different. We try to be very careful when we do these, not only to show our conclusions back to the administration but to hear their concerns and most of the time those concerns are how specific are you about where this computer malware is put because obviously they don't want their adversaries to go after it. In this case I would say the objections were about as they usually are. We try to accommodate them on some issues while still telling this overall story. I think in this case we have struck the balance right. But there are always going to be people who are going to disagree on that. Blitzer: Certain details you withheld? Sanger: Some details we withheld. You will also recall that some details are in the Snowden documents and Der Spiegel, the German magazine published some just this weekend that dealt with North Korea with some specificity as well.
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